In the aftermath of the assassinations of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, some police are saying they are feeling uneasy on the job, The New York Times reports.
At around 1:00pm, a cluster of uniformed officers arrived. A shout went up from some of the clergy who were in attendance: “A prayer to protect the police!” They flocked around the officers and, in a semicircle, stood facing them.
“You always have a risk, but it’s different now,” said Lt. James McGarry, who had come from Manhattan to the Bedford-Stuyvesant location of the assassination of the slain men to pay respects on Thursday at a shrine set up in their honor. “You feel uneasy now. You’re looking over your shoulder a little more.”
Officer Charlene Torres brought her son and nephew. She came, she said, to pray for the men’s families. “I come here and I pray that they are well and that as time goes on, their hearts heal. They deserve that,” Officer Torres said. Her voice began to break. “They deserve much more. They deserve them to be with them for Christmas.”